“Bristol Bay Wild Market” will join the 12 other marketplaces in the arena with wild, sustainably sourced seafood
Today, Seattle Kraken partner Bristol Bay Native Corporation announces the brand new “Bristol Bay Wild Market” as the exclusive seafood marketplace inside the Climate Pledge Arena. The “Bristol Bay Wild Market” is a collaboration between BBNC, Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association and Bristol Wild Seafood Company: three organizations rooted in Alaska that have come together to bring exceptional wild Alaskan seafood and the people and rich cultural heritage of Bristol Bay to millions of arena visitors every year. While promotion of wild Bristol Bay sockeye salmon and pacific cod connects these partners, the preservation of Alaska marine habitats and culture unites them. That is why the marketplace is the perfect partner with the sustainability goals of Climate Pledge Arena.
“Bristol Bay Native Corporation is proud to share the unique tastes of our region with visitors to Climate Pledge Arena” says BBNC President & CEO Jason Metrokin. “As a proud partner of the Seattle Kraken, creating the marketplace with our incredible partners is the natural next step in promoting the best of Bristol Bay while educating arena visitors about Alaska and the bold, cooperative spirit of our people.”
“The goal of BBRSDA is to ensure long-term success of the world’s largest and most valuable salmon fishery,” says BBRSDA Executive Director Andy Wink. “This new marketplace is not only the perfect opportunity to share the stories of our fleet and organization but also to give more people the chance to experience the benefits of their hard work.”
“Bristol Wild Seafood is committed to the highest quality product – handling each fish with care and reverence,” adds BWSC President Everette Anderson. “The respect given to the environment and treatment of fish results in a better-quality product and will help our customers understand what sustainable fishing means for future generations. We’re very excited that this is something millions of arena visitors will soon learn.”
During every game and event, arena visitors will have the opportunity to try some of the best seafood in the world through a menu created by Climate Pledge Arena Executive Chef Molly DeMers:
Wild Alaska Panko Cod Street Tacos Grilled Wild Sockeye Street Tacos
Wild Alaska Cod Fish N Chips Bristol Bay Wild Sockeye Fillet + Baguette
Seasonal Clam + Bering Sea Wild Alaska Cod Chowder
“We are developing a culinary program at Climate Pledge Arena that showcases the best of the Pacific Northwest – which is why we’re excited to partner with Bristol Bay to offer fresh, sustainably harvested Alaska seafood,” said Molly DeMers, executive chef for Delaware North at Climate Pledge Arena.
Home to some of the last wild runs of salmon in the world, Bristol Bay’s thriving wild salmon population is a testament to the pristine quality of Alaska’s waters and healthy salmon habitats; which means a healthier, tastier product compared to farmed salmon.
From the ice-cold waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea, BWSC’s cod is harvested one fish at a time, on a hook, the way that fish have been caught for hundreds of years. This process, called longlining, guarantees the most humane treatment of every fish and that the highest quality product is carefully delivered to market – which means higher quality, better tasting cod every time.
About Bristol Bay Native Corporation
Bristol Bay Native Corporation (BBNC) is a diversified Alaska Native investment corporation dedicated to the mission of “Enriching Our Native Way of Life.” Established through the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, BBNC works to protect the land in Bristol Bay, celebrate the legacy of its people, and enhance the lives of its shareholders. Learn more at bbnc.net.
About Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA)
The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association is a fishermen-funded group with the mission to increase the value of the Bristol Bay fishery through education, quality outreach, and marketing. Learn more at bbrsda.com.
About Bristol Wild Seafood Company
Bristol Wild Seafood Company is a minority-owned company providing high quality, line-caught, sustainably harvested Alaska seafood to its customers. As a subsidiary of Bristol Bay Native Corporation, Bristol Wild Seafood Company operates with the values of the Alutiiq, Dena’ina and Yup’ik people of Bristol Bay—with a deep reverence for the land and waters in which we work. Our practices reveal a commitment to responsible management, ensuring the resource is protected for future generations.
About Climate Pledge Arena
Climate Pledge Arena, located at Seattle Center, will be the first net zero certified arena in the world. It will serve as a long-lasting and regular reminder of the urgent need for climate action. The Climate Pledge, which was founded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019, is a commitment from companies globally to be net zero carbon by 2040. The complete redevelopment of this historic landmark, originally built for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair, will be an industry first. Home to the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, WNBA’s Seattle Storm, and the world’s biggest performers of live music and events, Climate Pledge Arena will open in 2021. Learn More at www.climatepledgearena.com.